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5 Ways to Grow Your Blog

Do you want to grow your blog? Perhaps you are looking for new ideas to attract and retain readers? Check out these five ways in which to do so then share a few of your own!
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1. Seek and Ye Shall Find!
Seek out people on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, Tumblr, Instagram, etc. Join Facebook groups, Google+ communities and be social, comment and follow others. Use hashtags (#) on Twitter to find others who are interested in your niche then follow them, check out their followers and follow them as well if they seem like a good fit.
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2. Create and Curate Great Content!
There is nothing written today that can be considered original content, so use your own voice to put a spin on something you have read. Engage with your audience ask them for their opinion or open-ended questions. Growth takes time and hard work, it is a marathon, not a sprint. Quality over quantity, remember to always write, create or curate great content for your readers to enjoy and ask them to share it.
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3. Promote…and Promote…Then Promote It Again!
Every blog post should be promoted several times a day on different platforms. Repurpose the content into a visual format to post again, ie. lists, infographics or Livestream it on FB/Twitter and Instagram. Use different intros and pictures when promoting on various social media platforms during the day.  Promote your blog post again during the month and then each quarter thereafter if the content is evergreen. Blast your blog post to your email list via a weekly newsletter!
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4. Run Giveaways or Contests
Who doesn’t like winning free stuff or entering for a chance to win free stuff? Reach out to businesses for products and services or put together something of your own (freebies from networking events). Request social shares, ask for reviews, mentions, retweets, and of course, blog follows.  Use Rafflecopter to run the giveaways or contest as this is a great way to establish your online presence and boost your blog’s growth.
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5. Social Media – Socialize and Engage!

Be a friend to make a new friend.  Social Media is your way to directly engage and connect with your targeted audience.   Share an inspirational message, a recipe or funny meme or joke, give it a personal touch. Stay active, curate and automate content using Feedly.com and Bufferapp or Hootsuite.  Share content written by others and hopefully they will reciprocate.

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An award winning Blogger, Vlogger and Social Media Strategist. Podcast Host for AAU Global Production Media Group. Instructor of social media and blogging; Influencer and Brand Ambassador for several major companies.

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